LIVING THE HIGH-TECH LIFE
There’s remarkable technology lurking beneath the new A8’s subtle skin
ETA: Q3 2018
MINIMALIST CABIN & MAXIMUM TECH
In lieu of ancillary hardpoints and buttons, the A8’s smooth-skinned, minimalist dash houses touchscreen controls with haptic feedback, a full-hd digital instrument cluster and a flushfitting 10,5-inch central infotainment screen. Audi says there are 41 different driver-assistance systems, including a smart navigation system with a self-learning function. The A8 L’s rear seats also provide various heating/cooling and massaging functions as well as a footrest that also includes foot massaging.
Among the plethora of systems is autopilot. Using a laser scanner, radar and other sensors, the system provides complete autonomy under 60 km/h as well as smartphone-controlled automated parking. Lasers also feature within the HD Matrix LED high-beam headlamps, effectively doubling the range of high beams at speeds above 70 km/h.
Billed as AI suspension, the system incorporates an electric motor and numerous other components for each wheel, adjusting suspension load independently. In addition to lending the A8 some sportiness in the bends, it should help alleviate the choppy ride that’s perennially counted against it.
HYBRIDS ACROSS THE BOARD
The engine lineup kicks off with 3,0 TDI and 3,0T FSI, which generate 210 kw and 250 kw respectively. A 4,0-litre V8 TDI (320 kw), 4,2T FSI turbopetrol (338 kw) and a rangetopping 6,0-litre W12 will be introduced later. All of these engines are mild-hybrid units that allow the car to coast for up to 40 seconds at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h. An Audi A8 L E-tron Quattro will feature a 3,0 V6 turbopetrol alongside a lithium-ion battery-powered electric motor to produce total outputs of 330 kw and 700 N.m of torque. All units are coupled with an eight-speed auto ‘box.